Original Building of the University of Southern California
California State Historic Landmark 536
#536 The Oldest University Building in Southern California
Dedicated on September 4, 1880, this original building of the University of
Southern California has been in use continuously for educational purposes since its doors were
first opened to students on October 6, 1880, by the university's first president, Marion McKinley
Bovard. The building was constructed on land donated by Ozro W. Childs, John G. Downey and
Isaias W. Hellman, under the guiding hand of Judge Robert W. Widney, the university's
Widney Hall Alumni House, University of Southern California, Childs Way, between Hoover Blvd and University Ave, Los Angeles.
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